As of 12 midnight on Monday, August 16th, Tomas Kaberle is still a Maple Leaf.
The 32-year-old defenceman has been the subject of trade rumours throughout much of his tenure in Toronto, however this summer’s window of opportunity carried a higher sense of urgency as Kaberle is entering the final year of his contract.
A statement released at midnight on the Leafs official website reads as follows:
The hockey club confirms this evening that Tomas Kaberle remains a Leaf. While a number of Clubs made offers to trade for Tomas, none of them reflected Tomas’s value to our team. I understand a period like this is stressful to the player, and we are pleased that there is a resolution, and we can all continue to prepare for the coming season.
A native of Kladno, Czech Republic – who has played each of his 820 career NHL regular season games in a Leafs uniform – Kaberle becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2010-11 season.
During his time in Toronto, Kaberle’s name has been included in aborted trades involving Eric Lindros (then with Philadelphia) and Phil Kessel (then with Boston). In 2008, Kaberle exercised his no-trade clause to nix a deal that would have seen him moved to the Flyers in exchange for Jeff Carter and a first-round draft pick.
Kaberle’s 482 career points place him 11th on the all-time Leafs scoring list. He ranks 6th in team history with 402 assists.